Flash drives are fast becoming excellent modes of short-term data storage options for people who work on more than one computer at a time. Sometimes it is very important to carry a particular file to office from your PC or share some important data with friends. It is not always possible to send emails with attachments or burn CDs at the drop of one’s hat. This is where the Universal Serial Bus system of storage comes into use. The USB system of storage is used in a flash drive which makes it a more portable version of a floppy disk. It is also capable of storing larger volumes of data than the floppy disk.

However, a lot of people mistake the flash drive to be a permanent storage device. Using it over time can corrupt some or all of your files on it. Since it is being connected to more than one computer there are chances of picking up malware and virus infected filed which in turn can corrupt your PC as well.

Formatting the flash drive is a great way to prevent system corruption. However, in doing so many people end up losing important data since they have not backed up the stored information before hitting the “format” option.

Here is a step-by-step guide to recovering lost data from your USB drive:

  1. Find reliable file recovery software on the Internet that is compatible with your system and download and install it. Make sure that it is not poor quality software that may further corrupt your system.
  2. Attach your flash drive to your computer and run a device search after opening the recovery program. The program should pick up any USB device that is connected to your computer immediately.
  3. Use the “Complete file search” option on the right hand top side of your recovery program window to find any file that was lost or deleted from your flash drive.

There are separate options for searching image, doc and multimedia files on the tool bar. You can run these searches individually if you are looking for specific files to recover from your flash drive.

You may run a “Searching Active File Areas” on the default option in the menu of the recovery program. For specific searches you have to run the “Searching Archive file Areas” in the Advanced option available on the menu as well. Make sure you select the box which shows your flash drive for the software to run a search for recovering files on it.

You can customize the settings of data recovery and storage on the recover program according to you needs. The software can read drives that were archived and searched on it previously if you set it accordingly.

Make sure you select the files that have been recovered by the software and save them in the appropriate path on your computer. Don’t just leave it in the flash drive as there are chances of losing it again in future. Back up the files you use on your flash drive to be safe.